NEWS///ROCK OF AGES///LEGENDARY BEATLES “ABBEY ROAD” STUDIO UP FOR SALE

February 16, 2010  |  News, Rock of Ages  |  Comments Off

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Has it really come to this?:

"Troubled music company EMI Group PLC is talking to potential buyers for Abbey Road Studios, the hallowed London facility where the Beatles did most of their recording, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The talks are the latest sign of distress at the world's No. 4 music business, which has floundered since being acquired in a 2007 leveraged buyout by private-equity firm Terra Firma Capital Partners Ltd.

Terra Firma is attempting to avoid default on a £950 million ($1.49 billion) loan backed by EMI Music, the company's struggling recorded-music business. It needs to raise more than £100 million from Terra Firma's investors to keep from defaulting on the Citigroup loan.

A sale of Abbey Road—which EMI hopes is worth tens of millions of pounds—wouldn't have any impact on that effort, a person familiar with the matter said. The transaction is too small to make a difference, and in any case wouldn't likely be completed in time to boost Terra Firma's latest fund-raising effort." Click HERE to continue reading at the WALL STREET JOURNAL...

Meanwhile, PAUL McCARTNEY told the BBC: "There are a few people who have been associated with the studio for a long time who were talking about mounting some bid to save it. I sympathize with them. I hope they can do something, it'd be great."

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LONDON///CELESTE BOURSIER-MOUGENOT’S ROCK ART INSTALLATION AT BARBICAN GALLERY

February 16, 2010  |  art, News, Rock of Ages, Sound + Vision  |  Comments Off

French artist CELESTE BOURSIER-MOUGENOT has taken "rock art" to new levels in London with her installation for the BARBICAN ART GALLERY's new "Curve" series by enclosing live electric guitars in a room inhabited by a flock of birds. The results sound a lot like a Sonic Youth album:

"Céleste Boursier-Mougenot creates works by drawing on the rhythms of daily life to produce sound in unexpected ways. Boursier-Mougenot’s installation for The Curve, his first solo exhibition in the UK, takes the form of a walk-though aviary for a flock of zebra finches, furnished with electric guitars and other musical instruments. As the birds go about their routine activities, perching on or feeding from the various pieces of equipment, they create a random and captivating soundscape.

Also included in the installation is a series of videos that feature close ups of hands playing electric guitars. However, the sounds that accompany the footage do not emanate from the guitars. Instead we hear an insect-like drone produced by the amplification of the video signal.

French artist Céleste Boursier-Mougenot creates works by drawing on the rhythms of daily life to produce sound in unexpected ways. Boursier-Mougenot’s installation for The Curve, his first solo exhibition in the UK, takes the form of a walk-though aviary for a flock of zebra finches, furnished with electric guitars and other musical instruments. As the birds go about their routine activities, perching on or feeding from the various pieces of equipment, they create a random and captivating soundscape.

Also included in the installation is a series of videos that feature close ups of hands playing electric guitars. However, the sounds that accompany the footage do not emanate from the guitars. Instead we hear an insect-like drone produced by the amplification of the video signal."

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ROCK OF AGES///”DUST IN THE WIND” BY BEAKER (and other timeless classics…)

February 9, 2010  |  Rock of Ages  |  Comments Off

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NEWS///JOHNNY DEPP SET TO DIRECT KEITH RICHARDS DOCUMENTARY

February 4, 2010  |  Film, News, Rock of Ages  |  Comments Off

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Portraits of Keef by German painter Sebastian Kruger...

JOHNNY DEPP has announced that he'll soon be directing an in-depth documentary on legendary rock cockroach KEITH RICHARDS. "I'm very touched that Keith has agreed to show up in front of my cameras," said Depp, whose last rock documentary was a short film titled "Stuff" chronicling the squalid living conditions of a then-dying John Frusciante after he'd quit the Red Hot Chili Peppers and settled into a life of speedball-fueled seclusion in his Hollywood Hills home (which later burned down). We can only imagine that Mick is probably lining up his own rival documentary crew at this very moment...

Johnny Depp's "Stuff", a Film About John Frusciante:

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CD///ROCK OF AGES///BEATLES CATALOG FINALLY REMASTERED ON CD

April 8, 2009  |  News, Rock of Ages, Sounds  |  Comments Off

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We at Supertouch have literally not purchased a single physical CD in well over a year. Given that fact, news of the imminent release of a fully remastered BEATLES back catalog in both stereo and true mono mixes accompanied by all original artwork and packaging comes brings a tear of joy to our jaded eyes. This is because the entire range of true studio albums has not been upgraded since first being transferred to CD in the 80s with some of the least dynamic, fully crap digital transfers ever produced. The NY TIMES breaks it down in full:

"Like the original set of Beatles CDs, released in 1987 and not upgraded since, the reissue series will include only the 12 albums the Beatles released in Britain between 1963 and 1970, from “Please Please Me” through “Let It Be,” along with “Magical Mystery Tour” — an American album that was originally released as a two-EP set in England — and the two-CD “Past Masters” compilation of the group’s nonalbum singles. All told, the set includes 16 CDs. (Beatles projects are typically tightly guarded; few outside EMI have heard the remasters yet.) Compilations released since 1987, including the “Beatles Anthology” series, “The Beatles Live at the BBC,” “Yellow Submarine Songtrack,” “1” and “Love,” the soundtrack for the Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas, are not included in the new series. Nor are the two “Capitol Albums” boxed sets, which presented several of the Beatles’ albums in the versions released in the United States.

The main reason collectors have been so intent on reissues of music they already own is that the 1987 CDs, like many discs released in the early years of the format, sound comparatively harsh and brittle by today’s standards. Since then, improvements in digital sound technology and remastering equipment have yielded a richer, smoother sound, and most of the major groups and artists from the 1960s — from Bob Dylan, the Byrds and Simon and Garfunkel to the Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd — have had their catalogs refurbished at least once since their first appearance on CD. And the Beatles’ own recent releases, including the “Capitol Albums” and “Love” discs, showed that the band’s recordings could sound vastly better — warmer and with far greater presence — than they do on the 1987 discs." Click HERE to continue reading...

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NEWS///FASHION POLICE///SUPREME x LOU REED

March 2, 2009  |  art, Art & Commerce, Fashion, News, Pop Life, Rock of Ages, Worldwide  |  Comments Off

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We've said it many times before on ST: We don't do streetwear collabs here, but this one's bulletproof (and guaranteed to leave a nation of young sneakerhead zombies scratching their heads wondering who LOU REED is). Too bad the old man’s not still in his "Transformer" period...

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NEWS///POLITIKS///M.I.A. TALKS TERRORISM

February 2, 2009  |  News, Politiks, Rock of Ages, Sound + Vision  |  Comments Off

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Portrait of M.I.A by Greg Gossel from The Shooting Gallery's upcoming Grammy art show in LA...

This year she's been nominated for a Grammy and an Oscar, but musician & artist (her first solo show was in 2001 in London) M.I.A. has more pressing issues on her mind, namely the nearly totally unreported genocide currently being perpetrated in her homeland of SRI LANKA where she's officially been labeled a "terrorist" by the government (to her credit, she was denied entrance to the US by the Bush administration under the same classification). In an interview with favorite ST news site THE DAILY BEAST, the currently preggers and nearly ready-to-pop singer declared: “The situation is systematic genocide, ethnic cleansing ... “I want my fans to know I’m not tryin’ to be like Bono. Someone Irish talking about what’s going on in Africa. I actually come from there and the fact is that this is happening now. The war has been going on for a long time, but it stepped into the genocide bracket recently with the new President. I lived in Sri Lanka when the campaign for ethnic cleansing started and if I could stop it and see the end of it in my lifetime that would be amazing. I can’t justify my success otherwise. I can’t justify getting nominated for an Oscar or a Grammy, that to me wouldn’t mean anything if I don’t actually get to speak about this. It’s not like I’m trying to sell records, I’m trying to stop the death of 350,000 people this month.” Click HERE to read more...

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SOUND + VISION///CHEAP VISUAL THRILL OF THE WEEK: NATALIE PORTMAN’S SHAVED HEAD

January 13, 2009  |  News, Rock of Ages, Sound + Vision, Video  |  Comments Off


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The song may suck, but the video for upstart Pop trio NATALIE PORTMAN'S SHAVED HEAD's single, "Sophisticated Side Ponytail" is an unbridled explosion of cheap visual thrills proving that in an age of nonexistent music video budgets, cool stuff can still be made for next to nothing. And on a Mac, at that...

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NYC///KAWS GOES BIG IN TIMES SQUARE WITH KANYE WEST

January 8, 2009  |  art, Art & Commerce, Kanye, KAWS, News, NYC, Rock of Ages  |  Comments Off

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KAWS hits the big time with Kanye in Times Square... 

It seems KAWS has finally hit the big time with his artwork for the special edition packaging of KANYE WEST's new "808s & Heartbreak" album hitting Times Square this week. Based on a painting featured in KAWS' recent NY show at GERING & LOPEZ GALLERY, the cover is available for a limited time on physical copies of the CD at select retailers.

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Kanye's special edition "808s & Heartbreak" cover...

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KAWS' original painting as shown at Gering & Lopez Gallery in November 2008...

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ROCK OF AGES///THE STOOGES’ RON ASHETON R.I.P.

January 7, 2009  |  News, Rock of Ages  |  Comments Off

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Ron Asheton (right) rips it up onstage with Iggy in 2007...

It may only be January 6th but 2009 has already claimed its first casualty of rock royalty. This morning the body of Supertouch friend and heretofore living legend of punk guitar RON ASHETON of Detroit supergroup, THE STOOGES was discovered in his home in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Suspected of dying several days ago of unknown causes, the 60-year-old was found by local police after a personal friend reported an inability to reach Ronnie for several days. Ironically, Asheton died in the same home where the first rehearsal with Iggy Pop and fellow Stooges Scott Asheton and Dave Alexander took place in 1967. His phone number was, until this day, the very same that a teenaged, trailer park-bound Jim "Iggy" Osterberg would call to arrange rehearsal times during the summer of love. Having effectively pioneered what would become the template for true punk rock guitar on the Stooges gorgeously ugly and iconoclastic debut "The Stooges" in 1969, Asheton went on to perfect the sound on the band's subsequent masterpiece "Fun House" in 1970, an LP that remains one of rock's high water marks to this day. At a time when the rest of Pop Culture was coming to grips with the imminent demise of an imaginary hippie wonderland, one only needed to listen to Read More

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